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Periodontal disease is the most common condition that is seen in both cats and dogs. By age 3, almost 80% of pets have dental disease. Not only does dental disease cause the foul odor that you smell on your pets breath, it can cause significant disease in other parts of the body, such as the heart and liver. Routine brushing is the best method of prevention, but our pets don't always agree or cooperate. Professional cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler and full mouth x-rays are valuable tools to promote oral health. At your pet's next wellness exam, your veterinarian will assess the degree of dental disease and formulate a treatment plan to address their specific dental needs.
Once x-rays are taken and a full mouth exam is performed, teeth are often found to be severely diseased and extractions can be needed. This is what is best for your pet's health, and we always perform these procedures with proper pain control so that your pet is as comfortable as possible.
Signs of Oral and Dental Diseases in Cats and Dogs:
*This combination can be the result of other serious medical issues as well, and early veterinary examination is crucial.
What to Expect:
Professional dental cleaning removes the dental plaque and tartar that can cause periodontal disease. The dental deposits are removed by power (ultrasonic) and hand dental scalers. Following scaling, the teeth are polished to remove residual plaque and to smooth the surface of the tooth (which delays deposition of plaque and tartar subsequently). The mouth is rinsed to remove debris prior to a final inspection. A plaque-preventative material may be applied to the teeth. As the pet owner, you will be provided with recommendations for daily home oral hygiene for your dog or cat, as well as a recommendation for a follow-up examination.